The Village Library of Wrightstown will be receiving upgrades thanks to a $50,000 grant Wrightstown has received through the state-run Keystone Communities Program.
At Monday evening’s Wrightstown Board of Supervisors meeting, Township Manager Joe Pantano announced that funds from the grant for which the township had been previously approved are now available. State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson helped secure the grant, Pantano noted.
Pantano said that between $18,000 and $19,000 of the $50,000 grant will go toward improvements at the Village Library.
“The renovations include replacement and painting of the front porch and entrance, as well as chimney repairs,” said Wrightstown Supervisor Jane Magne, noting the library is of local historical significance. “Half of the library – the community room –is the old Penn’s Park School, which was in use between about 1850 and 1958.”
Additionally, more than $10,000 from the grant will be used to buy emergency generators. “They’ll be for the township’s Public Works buildings, so that our road crew will have electricity during a power outage while they are working during an emergency or weather event,” Magne said.
The remaining grant money is earmarked for renovations at the township’s original public works building. Upgrades to bathrooms, plumbing, cabinets and carpets, as well as replacement of some office furniture, is in the cards, Magne said.
The Keystone Communities Program through Wrightstown received the grant is designed to encourage “partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life.”
The program allows communities to tailor assistance to meet the needs of their particular revitalization initiatives.
In other news, Newtown Township Police Chief John L. Hearn told Wrightstown supervisors Monday that, in October, officers responded to 12 traffic accidents involving deer in Wrightstown. Newtown Township Police cover Wrightstown as well.
Hearn said 12 deer/vehicle accidents is high for one month, adding that October, November and December tend to see the most of such accidents.
He urged motorists to use caution and watch for deer. Do the speed limit, he said. During dark hours, use high beams when vehicles aren’t coming in the opposite direction. Should a deer jump into your path, don’t swerve into the other lane of travel, he said.